Obama to Reverse Course on US Military Posture in Afghanistan





Obama to Reverse Course on US Military Posture in Afghanistan
FILE - A U.S. soldier from Dragon Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment fires a Javelin missile system during their first training exercise of the new year near operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan, January 1, 2015.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce Thursday that he will slow down the planned withdrawal of American military forces from Afghanistan scheduled for next year.
An unnamed senior administration official says the president will maintain the current number of troops in the war-torn country at 9,800 through most of 2016, before trimming that number to 5,500 by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

Obama made the pledge last year to remove all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, with the exception of a small contingent of 1,000 troops based at the U.S. embassy in Kabul, saying it was time for the U.S. to "turn the page" on a war launched in 2001 in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States.

Officials say the revision comes after months of deliberations between the White House, military leaders at the Defense Department and commanders in the field, plus Afghan officials, and after Afghan forces briefly lost control of the northern city of Kunduz to Taliban militants.
The remaining 5,500 U.S. troops will be based in Kabul, Bagram, Jalalabad and Kandahar. The official says the forces "will continue to undertake only two narrow missions: counterterrorism and training, advising, and assisting our Afghan partners" in combating Taliban and al-Qaida forces.
Russian news agency RIA quoted Russia's foreign ministry as saying it doubted the US decision to maintain more troops in Afghanistan will ease the situation in that country.


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